Highly Capable Program

About our Program 

The Lynden School District has a long history of serving high-performing students using a variety of strategies.  Building on that history we are offering a continuum of K-12 services to students identified through a formal process in accordance with state law.  The process occurs annually. Once a student is identified as having unique learning needs, our department will match the student to one or more district services which best meet the student's needs.


Identifying Highly Capable Students:

Highly capable students are students who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences,or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within students' general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities, and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes.


Highly Capable student learner characteristics include, but are not limited to: 

1. The capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers.

2. The capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned, and to transfer learning to new situations.

3. The ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength; and the capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.


Application and Assessment Process:
Students must go through the district’s assessment process in order to be considered for the Highly Capable program.

Applicants must:

    Parents may submit the Parent Request for Student Assessment form at any time, but it must be received by January 29th, 2018 for the student to be scheduled for the spring testing. The formal assessment process will be conducted February through May.

    Students can also be nominated by teachers, community members, or they can self-nominate. See the FORMS link at the bottom of this page.


    Parent Request for Student Assessment, and Student Referral for Testing forms are available online, in school offices, at the district office or through email request via the Highly Capable Program Specialist. The forms may be returned to your school office or emailed to the Highly Capable Specialist at dicksonm@lynden.wednet.edu. An electronic copy may found on the FORMS page.